Sen. Jesse Helms
"I've never met Helms, but since he's put so much energy into making my life difficult, I think I have the right to hate him. I wish I had the right to kill him. I don't think I'm clever enough to escape so I have to be prepared to spend the rest of my life in jail: Sick enough to not have much to lose, strong enough to ensure my success. If I'm blind from CMV, I'd have a hard time getting him in the line of sight. Maybe wiring myself to a bomb would make more sense. But then I wouldn't be around to watch the aftermath. HIV is a terrorist's bomb lurking in my body, and I never know when it's going to blow something up. And Jesse Helms is the one who keeps trying to light the fuse."
-- Stephen Gendin in "Jesse Helms Must Die," POZ, November 1996. The good news is that
Helms -- the historic hater who legislates as if AIDS were the wrath of God -- won't run for re-election in 2003. The bad news? Liddy Dole, first lady and prez wanna-be, may fill his stormtrooper boots. Her AIDS record as ex-head of the American Red Cross would make the ailing Big Tobacco senator drool -- she folded to Christers rather than revise
antigay donation rules. Plus, she's healthy as a hog.